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Recall on blood pressure medications expanded to include all lots due to cancer concern

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

Published in Health & Fitness

In July, five medications of Valsartan/Hyrdrochlorothiazide blood pressure drugs manufactured by Major Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Solco Healthcare were recalled.

According to the FDA, Valsartan is used for the treatment of high blood pressure and for the treatment of heart failure, and to reduce cardiovascular mortality following myocardial infarction.

Valsartan in combination with Amlodipine or Hydrochlorothiazide is used for the treatment of high blood pressure.

The recall suggests that patients who use these medications should contact their pharmacist or physician for advice on alternative treatment before returning their medication.

The recall warning made clear that patients who are on Valsartan should continue taking their medication "because the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment."

Mylan, the FDA said, is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.

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The FDA suggested that consumers, including retailers, who have these recalled pills could contact Stericycle at 888-406-9305 for the return of the recalled product during business hours Monday through Friday.

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